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Indian voters reject Modi’s divisive rhetoric in general elections

Indian voters reject Modi's divisive rhetoric in general elections

New Delhi, MAY 31: As India’s general elections enter their final stages, early results suggest a significant shift in voter sentiment. According to a recent CNN report, Indian PM Narendra Modi is facing a substantial defeat, challenging his claims of securing 400 seats. The elections have seen the lowest voter turnout in Indian history, signaling widespread dissatisfaction.

Modi’s campaign has heavily relied on divisive rhetoric, targeting the Muslim community. Despite his efforts, this strategy appears to have backfired, with Indian voters rejecting his hate speech.

Modi’s inflammatory remarks, including accusations against the Congress of distributing India’s wealth and jobs to Muslims, have been met with severe criticism from civil society and the Election Commission.

Since coming to power in 2014, Modi’s administration has pursued Hindutva policies, contributing to a rise in extremism. His recent speeches, such as those in Rajasthan and West Bengal, further fueled tensions by alleging that Congress would favor Muslims at the expense of Hindus. These tactics have been condemned both domestically and internationally, tarnishing India’s global reputation.

The public’s frustration extends beyond Modi’s divisive narrative. There is growing anger over his failure to address pressing issues like rising unemployment, especially among the youth aged 20 to 24, where joblessness exceeds 50%. This economic discontent has contributed to the erosion of support for Modi and the BJP.

Opposition leader Arvind Kejriwal’s release from jail has added to Modi’s challenges, highlighting the political discontent. Despite his attempts to rally extremist Hindu voters, Modi’s strategy has not delivered the expected results in the Lok Sabha.

Internationally, Modi faces criticism for fostering an environment of anarchy and extremism. As his policies increasingly draw global condemnation, questions arise about his future approach. Will Modi continue to adhere to his divisive rhetoric in the face of growing opposition, or will he pivot to address the real concerns of the Indian populace?






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